5 Surprising Ways To Be Happier At Work

surprising ways to be happy with work

By Ashley Lutz

Srikumar S. Rao is the author of self-help books like "Happiness at Work: Be Resilient, Motivated, and Successful -- No Matter What." He sent us five tips from his book "Are You Ready to Succeed? Unconventional Strategies to Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life." The book explores some unexpected ways that you can improve your outlook, relationships and careers. Here are a few of his tips:

  • Do nothing for a half-hour.
    Rao says that all the noise in our day-to-day lives makes us stressed. "Try doing nothing for a half-hour: no watching TV, no checking emails, no reading," he says.

  • Make a list of what you are grateful for about your job.
    It's easy to hate your company and think it's all bad, according to Rao. But seeing the bright side will improve your attitude and performance at work.

  • Cultivate a new skill for work.
    "If you have to make cold calls for work and you find that you dread making them, but you love writing, try working on developing compelling copy and using mass email marketing and other tactics to eliminate something that you hate and emphasize something you love," Rao says.

  • Make a tape recording of yourself on a phone call.
    See how many times you use "I" and "me." Rao says that instead of focusing so much on yourself, you should try and think of others and make their lives better.

  • Make a list of all of the people you blame for bad things that have happened to you.
    Then understand that they weren't out to get you, they were just motivated by their desire to be happy. "Most of our perceived injustices are not really anyone's fault," Rao says. "If you were passed over for a job and your colleague was promoted, it is not their fault; you would have taken the same job if it had been offered to you.

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October 24 2012 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Which people come up with these things?? What a load of crap!

September 18 2012 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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September 18 2012 at 6:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vinod mehra

1. One important fundamental would be ensuring; you touch once and finish the job
.2. Take decisions

September 18 2012 at 5:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

just find a reason that drag you to work so it will keep you happy at work as well!!

September 18 2012 at 4:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

he forgot to add "gaze at chicks like the one in the picture and jerk off" ... makes man very happy

September 18 2012 at 2:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This has to be the WORST advice I have ever read for so many reasons on so many levels!!!!

September 17 2012 at 11:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

what an *******!

September 17 2012 at 1:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Does this writer even have a REAL job? "Do nothing for a half-hour." Right. The next thing you'll do is clean out your desk and look for another job. "Make a tape recording of yourself on a phone call". That's illegal. Even if you record just your half of a conversation, beyond the privacy issues, many companies forbid recording devices in the workplace due to corporate espionage fears and copyright issues. "Make a list of things you are grateful for about your job". Short list: 1. It pays the bills. Jeesh.

September 16 2012 at 9:07 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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If you re-read the article, the author means for a person to take 30 minutes of their free time & do nothing. Almost like meditation. As for the job "only paying the bills" if that really is how you feel, then find another job or change your outlook. As a very wise man once told me, "How we see things, determines how we cope." You are choosing to see the glass as either empty or only half full! I feel for you.

October 02 2012 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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